Canadian government targeted by cyber-attack originating in China

Starting at least in 2010, cyberattacks originating in China targeted three bodies of the Canadian government: the Canadian Finance Department, the Treasury Board, as well as Defence Research and Development Canada. The attacks on the two economic agencies were detected in January 2010 and forced them to disconnect from the internet as a result of the attack. CBC reports that Defence Research and Development had to shut down access to one of its servers for two months as a result of “an earlier attack.” While the Canadian government never officially attributed the attacks to the Chinese state, Canadian media reported at the time that “Chinese government hackers” were behind the attack.

About This Incident

Threat Actors: China

Incident Metadata

Date: 2010-2011
Country: Canada